The Democrats failed big time in their bid to take the Senate but were able to successfully wrestle the House from Republicans' hands after losing it in dramatic fashion back in 2010. So, what will the Democrats — whether led by old guard Nancy Pelosi or someone with a little less baggage — do with that much-coveted power once they take over in 2019?
Axios has helpfully provided a complete "Democratic hit list" of potential Trump investigation targets — and its remarkably, though unsurprisingly, long. The ever-growing list now includes 85 potential targets Democrats have signaled at some point over the last two years that they plan to direct their resources to investigate should they have the chance. Well, now they have the chance, so undoubtedly they are beginning the process of determining which of the following to pursue first.
The list includes those cited in a document obtained by Axios back in August that reportedly originated in a senior Republican's office and outlined a number of issues for which Republicans have been "scrambling" in preparation for Democrat-led investigations. Here's the list of 18 targets Axios' Jonathan Swan initially provided:
- President Trump’s tax returns
- Trump family businesses — and whether they comply with the Constitution's emoluments clause, including the Chinese trademark grant to the Trump Organization
- Trump's dealings with Russia, including the president's preparation for his meeting with Vladimir Putin
- The payment to Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels
- James Comey's firing
- Trump's firing of U.S. attorneys
- Trump's proposed transgender ban for the military
- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's business dealings
- White House staff's personal email use
- Cabinet secretary travel, office expenses, and other misused perks
- Discussion of classified information at Mar-a-Lago
- Jared Kushner's ethics law compliance
- Dismissal of members of the EPA board of scientific counselors
- The travel ban
- Family separation policy
- Hurricane response in Puerto Rico
- Election security and hacking attempts
- White House security clearances
The spreadsheet "catalogs more than 100 formal requests from House Democrats this Congress, spanning nearly every committee," Swan reported at the time. "The spreadsheet includes requests for administration officials to be grilled by committee staff, requests for hearings to obtain sworn testimony, efforts to seize communications about controversial policies and personnel decisions, and subpoena threats."
In a follow-up report published Monday, Axios' Zachary Basu notes that as of September the House Oversight Committee had already blocked 64 subpoena requests submitted by Democrats. He then provided a list of the 59 subpoena requests related to the Trump administration, as well as 20+ other potential targets. Below are some of the biggest of the potential targets listed by Basu, including several blocked subpoena requests (reformatted and re-ordered, see the full list here, links provided by Basu):